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Today, I thought I would share with you some helpful activities/ simple things to do when you are not feeling your best. Mental health is a long journey that requires consistency and a lot of self-discipline. Although you might seek professional support and in some cases medications, I do believe that a huge part of this process comes from taking small steps to improve your emotional health on YOUR OWN.
Just a little disclaimer, I am not a mental health professional. I am simply sharing with you what I do to survive my own journey.
One thing you should understand is that big changes come from small steps. Honestly, this was an eye opener for me. I used to always look for solutions that would give me the fastest results, thinking that it would be the only thing to do and be good forever. I think you guessed it: I would get disappointed every time and feel worse than before. I had to work on myself (still do); have long reflection sessions and eventually develop a routine that works for ME. A routine that includes a set of things to do whenever I am not feeling my best. The way I developed this list is by thinking about everything I do that me makes feel better afterwards.
🌸 Writing what’s on your mind. Forget about grammar mistakes, forget about ruining your cute journal, forget about your hand writing. Free write. Even if it doesn’t make sense. Even if it’s just two sentences. Although writing can sometimes feel intimidating, trust me you will gain confidence every time you write. You don’t have to write first thing in the morning, or before bed. Write when you are feeling writing.
🌸 Have a “Cut and Stick” session. I go over Pinterest and print out pictures that I like and inspire me. Then I would spend hours cutting and sticking them on my journal. There’s something therapeutic about cutting paper. In fact, when I am cutting these pictures, my brain stops thinking about stressful things and focuses only on this activity. I also make sure I don’t plan any kind of design, and just let my creativity take over. Even when I look back at my “creations”, I can see that my thoughts at that time where expressed through the pictures I chose. I would highly recommend you try it out.
🌸 Learn more about what you like. So, I am a BIG dog lover. I don’t have one, YET. I probably waste 2 hours a day reading articles about “how to potty train your dog”, “essentials for your dog”... I would even take some quizzes about “which dog breed matches your personality”. It’s insane, I know. But I enjoy it so much. If you want to start a project, you want to improve your cooking skills, you want to travel somewhere, you are looking for a homemade face mask… Read articles, watch videos; deepen your knowledge about it. You are not only learning, but also distracting yourself from any negative thoughts. Eventually, you might find yourself motivated to jump into action – discover new interests and hobbies.
🌸 Gratitude. Gratitude. and Gratitude! My favorite one. Stop, breath, think. Think about the endless blessings in your life. Blessings that you don’t usually notice because you are either spending your time comparing yourself with others, or simply having many goals you want to achieve but confused as to how to do it. Life is challenging for EVERYONE and that’s a fact. However, what you might take for granted is sometimes what someone else is praying for. Recognize the blessings in your life, and you will feel much better!
🌸 Clean your room. Change the bedding, reorganize your desk. Light up your room with some fairy lights. I usually take my Dettol cleaner and go over my desk, my drawers, books, side tables… It looks clean and smells fresh afterwards!
🌸 Take a quick shower, and follow it with a skin care session. My skin care routine is moisturizer, and that’s it. Simple but does the job. Don’t over complicate it. Make it easy for you so it doesn’t seem like a task.
🌸 Paint your nails. That’s a big one for me. I personally feel like a new person when I have a fresh nail polish on. Take your time doing it, and wait for it to dry completely; cuz we know how we can be impatient to wait for it to dry #girlstruggles
🌸 Meal prep. This is the time when I clean my fridge and grocery shop “healthy food”. Substitute your favorite snacks with healthy options. Spend some time searching for the options that work best for you. My favorite ones are substituting potato chips with popcorn, regular chocolate biscuits with whole-wheat dark chocolate, sweetening my tea with honey instead of sugar. Again, small consistent steps are key to develop healthy habits and achieve better results.
🌸 Do laundry. Go through your wardrobe and wash all your essential clothing items. Don’t forget your socks! You will thank yourself later.
🌸 Put that DAMN phone away. I realized that in order to connect with myself I had to disconnect from the virtual world. And it works! You would be surprise how much time you actually have to do so many things you thought you didn’t have time for.
🌸 Talk with your family. Call your parents, message your cousin, call your grandparents… It feels so good when you re-connect with your family.
🌸 Actually start working on that task that is bothering you and has been on your to-do list for a decade. This might be the last thing you want to do when you are out of motivation and feeling anxious. However, based on my experience, anxiety and mental health issues can sometimes arise from procrastination and having so much to do. Key advice is to break down that assignment into small tasks and work on it consistently. You will feel accomplished and less stress by the end of the day.
🌸 Change your music playlist. I find myself listening back to Avril Lavigne’s songs and Hannah Montana songs. It brings back some great memories, and changes my mood! Maybe try listening to new music genre. I am kind of enjoying rap at the moment, which is so not me. It’s very interesting to see how our tastes and preferences can change so quickly.
🌸 Nap. Most of the time, lack of sleep is the reason behind the stress we feel throughout the day. Sometimes, a 30 minutes’ nap can boost your energy level, and help you go on with your day in a much better mood.
🌸 Go out with your friends. I only recently started realizing how important it is to spend some time outside my room. Communicating with others will help you decrease the tendency of overthinking and change up your thoughts.
I really hope this post helps you in any way. ❤
Now it’s your turn: What is your favorite thing to do to survive mental health?